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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Oct 14, 2009 1:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Something different from 1978(non-Dead)

I waited until my third wife and 47 years old to have a kid who is now beginning to get into team sports. At my age weight and cigarette intake, I should be dead by the end of the upcoming baseball season. As it turns out, I'm just finished signing the contract for YMCA membership and am headed back into the weight room, sauna and swimming pool.)

Do you think that the teenagers will look at me as the old fat man, the same as I used to?

Paybacks are hell, even if it's only in my own mind.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 14, 2009 1:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Something different from 1978(non-Dead)

It worked out well for me that we started in our late 20s...oldest kids stepped in as the "on the field" coaches so I could stick to the sidelines in the final years! Never did figure out what to do with the clipboard though...other than to keep track of who played for how long--DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT play the best kids the whole game!

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Poster: high flow Date: Oct 14, 2009 2:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Something different from 1978(non-Dead)

Earl - This is one endeavor which is all about the journey.

You'll have to find enjoyment and satisfaction from achieving small goals. Heck, just showing up the 1st day. Then, making it to the gym for a week, then a month.

Once you pass these short-term milestones, you'll need to focus on how you feel(not how much you weigh). There will be days when just getting to the gym will be tough. Fear not, the post-workout high is even sweeter on those tough days.

If you can keep your head down and get a few months under your belt, you'll soon be smacked in the face by the big picture. YOU'LL FEEL BETTER ALL THE TIME.

If you do this correctly, you might find inspiration to eat better, perhaps smoke fewer cigarettes....perhaps?

Every mountain is conquered one step at a time. Focus on that next step.......don't let the mountain get in your way!

Best of luck my friend.

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Oct 14, 2009 2:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Something different from 1978(non-Dead)

Flow, thanks for the kind remarks, I've done it before and after a long while enjoying good health...slipped back into old habits. The doc says this time around, being in my 50's the metabolism slips and it's just more difficult to get the tone.

Got to do something, want to live 'til I can't anymore.

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Poster: high flow Date: Oct 14, 2009 3:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Something different from 1978(non-Dead)

"I've done it before and after a long while enjoying good health...slipped back into old habits."

I think most of us can relate. Yes?

We all seem to exist somewhere along the proverbial wave chart which is "good health". The peaks are incredible, the valleys are dreadful. The trick is to find your happy medium WITHOUT becoming complacent. I am still working on the formula......38 years and counting.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 14, 2009 4:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Something different from 1978(non-Dead)

Earl, if I may echo the comments of the others, it's all in the heart. The doing of it, so to speak, will be self-reinforcing...as I found myself more and more limited due to various physical difficulties, the parents and esp the kids were more and more understanding...it helps if you have a nice booming voice, which somehow, I picture you with...but the point being, knowing you have their best interests at heart (in this case, having fun, and getting some exercise, in that order, and maybe a few tips on how to get "better" (for the kids that are capable and moving that direction) is all you need concern yourself with...otherwise, it's "parental management" and "game day antics" and for those, you fly by the seat of your pants, and frankly, being "there" absolves of almost any mistake, so don't take it seriously...

Are you taking notes, NC? You have a lot to look forward to, you PUNK. I wish you both well.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Oct 14, 2009 3:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Something different from 1978(non-Dead)

i need to follow your lead and get off my ass & exercise. the old joints are achin' :) apparently JUST quitting booze does not necessarily mean a healthy lifestyle is an automatic.

good luck to ya Mr. Earl - i'll be chasin ya down on my treadmill (which i think still works)

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Oct 14, 2009 1:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Something different from 1978(non-Dead)

Go for it Earl - never too late

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Oct 14, 2009 3:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Something different from 1978(non-Dead)

Earl, coming up fast on the mid fifties with a sparky 14 year old daughter I think I can sympathise. You have to get used to the fact that the kid is going to whip you nine times out of ten on anything involving speed and dexterity (and the tenth time is down to sympathy). It's pointless to compete but still fun to play.

Don't dwell on what you can't do but think about the good things you still have to offer. My kid appreciates the fact that I like to spend time in the kitchen cooking good meals and that as a consequence she's got much more adventurous taste buds than some of her convenience food buddies. (She says she won't leave home until I've taught her all I know on the food front, which warms my heart more than I can tell you.)

And you can be a sounding board for homework problems and a cheerleader at the sports events and a totally unconditional source of love and encouragement through success and failure. Just be who you are, because I have a sneaking feeling that, in dad terms, that's all you need to be.

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Poster: skies Date: Oct 15, 2009 9:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Something different from 1978(non-Dead)

Earl .powell :a tupid man arrives at 50 years old still looking for "girls" ,after 3 divorces . A smart man has a wise heart enough tokeep a real woman .